When you have finally made the decision to have your home re-decorated, there are a million tiny details that you will eventually need to decide upon. Are you going to be removing any walls to increase the size of your living space? Does that sofa really need to stay, or can you finally persuade your other half to get rid of it? And what is the point of having no storage now that you actually want to be tidy? But of course, the first and potentially most important choice must be made: what color paint will you use?
The color of paint you choose for a room is detrimental to setting the “right” atmosphere or tone of your décor. Too many people blindly choose the first color that they see and like, and then paint their entire home with that same paint! To avoid a color hangover, it’s best to put some thought into the current and future use of each room.
To help you get started we’ve put together these 3 Simple Questions to help determine the right paint color for you:
3 Simple Questions to Help Determine The Right Paint Color
- What do I want to do in this room?
Ask yourself what the room that you are going to have painted is used for. Is it a bedroom, that may need calming colors to help little ones sleep, or is it the kitchen, where you want a vibrant and alert ambiance? This should help you decide whether you want a ‘hot’ color or a ‘cool’ color.
- When am I going to use this room?
Think about what time of day you typically use this room, and how much light it receives when you do use it. For example, north facing rooms that you will normally be using during the evening will need light and bright colors to help lift the shadows from the walls – whereas you won’t have the same problem in a south facing room that receives lots of natural light.
- Where is this room in my home?
The last important thing to consider is your home as a whole. Is this room an open space that flows openly into another room o? If the room you will be painting is open, like a kitchen or common living area you may want to consider how the wall color you choose will blend in with the color choices of the connecting rooms. In this situation it may be best to choose a neutral or a similar paint color to the other rooms to avoid a clash of colors and designs. If it is a stand-alone room such as a bathroom, bedroom, or office you have more freedom to use bold colors or even an accent wall to create a unique living space.
Repainting your home a new color, changing the style of your current décor, or simply updating an old, outdated room with a fresh coat of paint can feel overwhelming with all the possible paints and combinations of colors. If you’re not sure where to start, check out Pinterest or take a look at some of our photo galleries for ideas.
Just for fun, take this quiz to find your Paint Color Personality on SouthernLiving.com